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My car wont start but the battery is not dead. my check engine light is on. can i get a code for the check engine light myself or do i have to take it to a computer to read it

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    my car wont start but the battery is not dead. my check engine light is on. can i get a code for the check engine light myself or do i have to take it to a computer to read it. Its a 2002 Saturn SL2

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Hello, I will try to help you but you need to tell me the make, model and year of our car because different cars have different methods for retrieving the codes. If your car is before 1995, many of them, but not all, allow you to get the codes by grounding the test connector and watching the check engine light flash the code to you. Other cars require a special hand held diagnostic tester that you can buy at the local auto parts store to read the codes.

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This model will have to have the diagnostic computer hooked to it. You can purchase one at your local parts house and have for future use, they usually run between $90-$200 depending on how good of one you get but a basic one is all you need. You can get the code without moving the vehicle and call some parts houses and they can tell you what it means, but the scanner will give you a basic definition of the code to give you idea of where to start.

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